Auchenstroan Coloured Ryelands
We are Adrian and Nicole Doyle and this is our web site where we show our life on our small holding and showcase the products that we sell.
We are delighted to offer a range of handmade felted fleece rugs, also known as “sheep-friendly sheepskin rugs” and “vegetarian sheepskin rugs”. We also offer handmade felted fleece cushions. These are made from the wool (not the sheepskin) from a both our own sheep and those of neighbouring farms. No animal is harmed in the process. You can buy them from our shop. Please note, due to recent popularity of the rugs, we have struggled to keep up with demand so, if you find the shop empty, just read the shop updates to find out when new rugs will be added.
We also have copies of Adrian’s books “This Smallholding Life” (about the balance between time, money and work on a modern smallholding ) and “Dogs Talk” (dogs talk about their lives and what made things better for them) available in our shop (paperback – UK only) or via Amazon (paperback and ebook).
Latest Stories from Auchenstroan
Regular readers of our blog may be aware of the ongoing repairs to our stone dykes. They appear to have been neglected for some time and so it’s something we’re trying to rectify. The latest repair was the wall next to our access track. Something had knocked down a section and it looked a bit […]
It has been a good year for the veggies. The new polytunnel produced plenty of salad and tomatoes are ripening thick and fast. Outdoors, everything we planted has grown well. We’re not sure if it is down to the amazing, hot summer or all our preparation, probably a bit of both. The soil, this year, […]
This summer has been long, hot and dry (most unusual for Scotland!) This has been great, mostly, who doesn’t love the sunshine? It lifts the spirits and the long evenings we have up here can be appreciated at their very best. On a sunny day, it can stay light and bright until 10pm at night! […]
We have planted a lot of trees here and those planted a few years back are finally starting to establish and grow taller than me. But what was missing was connecting the various patches of woodland. So, we devised a wildlife corridor that will connect woods to the north of the house all the way […]
For the last three summers, between the months of June and September, one of Vi’s good friends, Vera, has been suffering from an allergic reaction to the sun. Vera’s “summer itches” usually start just after shearing time. This is understandable since her woolly coat would protect her from the sun’s rays. The wool has to […]
At Auchenstroan, we seem either to have too much water or too little. With this long, hot, dry summer stretching out over months, it’s definitely the latter and memories of having to install drainage are fading fast. Since we moved here, we have installed sheep troughs fed by natural springs (water system and water system […]
Yesterday was shearing day, an exciting day in the sheep calendar! We look forward to shearing for so many reasons but the number one reason is sheep welfare. We really feel for our sheep as spring turns to summer. They get quite down in the dumps in hot weather, ours park themselves in their field […]
One of the things we have puzzled over since moving here was what to do with a large expanse of grass that sat between our house and two neighbouring cottages. It need constant mowing to keep on top of it but was never really used for anything except the odd game of ball with the […]
Since moving here, we have been slowly expanding the woodland coverage. The goal is to create an area that can be coppiced thus providing a supply of wood and also a haven for wildlife. In the late autumn, we took delivery of around 400 trees (bare root) and quickly heeled them in to protect the […]
We ordered some different bales of hay recently and our first thought was, would the sheep eat it? Sheep are creatures of habit and can be quite fussy with their hay. They prefer the softer variety rather than the stalky hay, and they like it fresh and sweet smelling, (well that is understandable, who wouldn’t)? […]
Winter on the smallholding is all about keeping our woolly friends fed, watered and mucked out. The beginning of November marks the start of the “big hay ceremony”. This means that every morning and evening we fill the feeders up with fresh hay while the sheep mill around “helping” – which roughly translates to them […]
As they days shorten and the night draws in, the autumn harvest is coming to a close. The onions are all tied up in onion strings. We had a much better crop this year, netting them off helped stop the birds digging them up. As ever, those grown from seed soon caught up with the […]
If you would like to send us a review, please email us your comments or send them via our contact page, many thanks.
Review for sheep friendly rug
5/5 – thank you!
Posted by Susie Carter on 14th May 2021
Review for sheep friendly rugs
5/5 – beautiful!
Posted by Julie Eckstrom on 25th February 2021
They are absolutely beautiful — I keep finding more and more depth in them every time I look at them. And they feel incredible, especially on cold toes in the morning! Thank you so much for these treasures!
Review for felted fleece rug
5/5 – thank you
Posted by Jess Dobkin on 3rd February 2021
Thanks again and again to you and your sheep. This rug is such a special gift for a special occasion that will be treasured for a very long, long time
Review for felted fleece rug – soft cream curls
5/5 – thank you
Posted by Julie McCoy on 16th September 2020
Thank you for my beautiful rug, I am absolutely delighted with it!! It goes perfectly in my room and is so lovely and soft…